Tuesday, August 7, 2007

8/7 News and Notes

ASU starting strong safety Troy Nolan, the 6'2" junior who transfered from the College of the Canyons and redshirted last year, injured his shoulder in today's practice, according to Jeff Metcalfe of the Arizona Republic.

At this point, head coach Dennis Erickson has speculated that Nolan suffered a sprained shoulder and spent the remainder of practice on the sidelines with the shoulder wrapped in ice. The injury could keep Nolan out from anywhere to a couple of days to a few weeks.

If Nolan has to miss any significant amount of time, look for junior Jeremy Payton, the 1st-string SS out of Spring Practice, to get time at the position next to Josh Barrett.

The brackets were set for the 2007 EA Sports Maui Invitational, the tournament in which Arizona State will compete in this season. The Sun Devils will open the tournament against Illinois of the Big Ten Conference in the fourth game on November 19. The game will be televised by ESPN2.

The other three first round match-ups on that day include Chaminade/Marquette, LSU/Oklahoma State and Princeton/Duke.

The Sun Devils will take on a perennial contender in Illinois, a program that went to the 2005 NCAA Title game but lost in the 2nd round of last year's tournament.

Arizona State holds a 7-5 all-time record in the Maui Invitational, including winning the championship in 1994. Their last appearance in the tournament was in 2002.

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